Book reports consists only basic elements; a good book report will talk about specific questions or points of view by supporting the topic with detailed examples, taken from within the same textbook or from outside resources. Our team has taken the time to develop these steps for students to write their very own book report. Additionally, the under mentioned steps will also help the students with identifying and incorporating these important elements.
Objective: When students read a book, they end up having an opinion or point of view. This means either they agree to what is written in the book or they don’t. When students write the book report, they should first make up their mind whether they are against the book or for the book. The point of view the students’ has developed, it will help argue, or answer the question they plan to answer. Sometimes instructors will offer a question for students to answer within the book report. In case no special instructions have been provided, students can start with a question of their own.
Stationery. While reading, it is always to keep a pack of sticky notes, flags, pens and a paper to help you jot down the import points when reading the book. Mental notes don’t last for too long. Reading the book. Students should keep an eye out for emotional flags, read between the lines and try to understand if there is an emotional connection. This can include punctuation marks, scenes or dialogues. Mark pages. Whenever students run into any of the emotional points, they should mark the page. Remember to mark everything that seems important, even if those points don’t seem too relevant.
Themes or patterns. As the students are reading through the book, they should record the emotions and see what kind of a theme the book portrays. The students should also make relevant notes on a note pad for future reference. On a note pad, write down possible themes or issues.
Drafting: By the time the students are through with the book, students would have recorded several possible themes or approaches to support their opinions and views for the book. Students need to review their notes and try to decide which opinion or view they can support using examples. This process may take some practise and attempts before the final draft is developed.
Paragraph Structures. Students can get maximum marks if they can make proper paragraphs. Begin each paragraph with a proper topic sentence and a sentence that evolves to the next paragraph. Our team advises all students to first try and make topic sentences and complete them using the material collected and examples within the book.
Revising is the key. No one is perfect and we don’t expect students be perfect as well in the first attempt. Once you are done with your first draft, it won’t seem too attractive, but the skeleton is developed and now we need to add the flesh. Once students start adding their own content, they will see the difference but this will require multiple attempts and a lot of moving, rearrangements of sentences, addition and subtraction of content. Conclusion: This is the final goodbye. This is where the students need to close the books on paper and give their final thoughts on the book – good or bad. This needs to be strong and convincing and should have a few examples referred to as well.